red-tailed hawk

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Definition of red-tailed hawk

: a widely distributed chiefly rodent-eating New World hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) that is usually mottled dusky above and white streaked dusky and tinged with buff below and has a rather short typically reddish tail

called also redtail

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Examples of red-tailed hawk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When eagles were first featured in sound motion pictures, editors dubbed in the call of a red-tailed hawk to avoid unsettling viewers, something like an avian Singin’ in the Rain. Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic, 15 Feb. 2022 Another blogger suggested that sleepless neighbors blast the sound of a red-tailed hawk through amplified speakers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2021 In October, wildlife rehabilitators at the New Mexico Wildlife Center took in a red-tailed hawk with puzzling injuries. National Geographic, 20 Nov. 2020 Watch for raptors like the Peregrine falcon, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk and those goshawks that Edge fought so hard to protect. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2020 Bird-watching walks occur monthly, providing even newbie birders with the opportunity to spy a red-tailed hawk or a belted kingfisher. Jeanine Barone, The Know, 23 Feb. 2020 Lilly found that the squirrels became more vigilant after hearing the cry of the red-tail hawk—freezing, fleeing, or looking up. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 7 Sep. 2019 The Medina Raptor Center offered close-up looks at a kestrel and a red-tail hawk held by center volunteers, and an African tortoise wandered around the retreat, followed closely by a member of the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, 23 Apr. 2018 The Medina Raptor Center offered close-up looks at a kestrel and a red-tail hawk held by center volunteers, and an African tortoise wandered around the retreat, followed closely by a member of the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, 23 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of red-tailed hawk

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Red-tailed hawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red-tailed%20hawk. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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